Westgate Community Farm
Urban Education & Production Farm
The Westgate Community Farm is one of the most successful, long-term community-benefiting programs developed by the CRA that improves food access and exposes non-residents to the Westgate area. The CRA District is characterized by a high percentage of low-income, mobility-challenged households, suffering from limited access to healthy and affordable food choices.
Established in 2015, the Farm sits on an acre of CRA-owned land in an area identified by the USDA as a ‘food desert’. The Farm managers believe that healthy farms lead to healthier communities and are dedicated to using regenerative and organic farming practices. Farm produce is available for sale to the community at a nominal cost during seasonal weekly Greenmarket.
The Farm participates in the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) which allows qualified residents to pay with food stamps (EBT) during Greenmarket days. The Farm is one of six partner farmers markets in South Florida, and the only market in Palm Beach County that participates in Feeding Florida’s Fresh Access Bucks (FAB) Program which doubles SNAP benefits to purchase Florida-grown produce.
With an in-house garden manager, farm hand, and part-time community resident apprentice, the Farm serves as a gathering and educational place, offering mentorship, workshops, field trips, community work days, and volunteering opportunities.